DOH says seniors can now buy vitamins, supplements with 20 percent discount

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 07 2020 07:31 PM

DOH says seniors can now buy vitamins, supplements with 20 percent discount 1
An elderly woman buys from a sari-sari store in Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong on April 2, 2020 during the Luzon lockdown. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — The Department of Health on Thursday said senior citizens can now use their 20 percent discount privilege for vitamins and minerals.

“Pwede na kayong bumili ng vitamins and mineral supplements na may 20% discount basta po may kasamang reseta,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.

(You can now buy vitamins and mineral supplements with 20% discount as long as you have a prescription.)

Vergeire said it is included in the recently released Administrative Order 2012-0007-A, which is an amendment of AO 2012-0007 or the “Guidelines on the grant of 20% discount to senior citizens on health-related goods and services and for other purposes.”

Under the original order, senior citizens are granted subsidized medical and dental services and diagnostic and laboratory fees.

Vergeire said the inclusion of vitamins and mineral supplements in the 20% discount order will be effective 30 days after the AO is published.

The amended order comes at a time when there is a high demand for vitamins as people protect themselves against COVID-19.